Mark Pryor: Saving Kids from Old Books

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When you think of unsafe children’s products, you probably don’t think of books. Outside of our one-year-old smacking me in the head with one of his board books, I have a difficult time imagining a less threatening product than a children’s book. Why, then, did Senator Mark Pryor’s child safety legislation label children’s books as such a threat? To be fair to Senator Pryor, … [Read more...]

CPSIA in 2008: Senator Pryor Capitalizes on a Media Frenzy

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“Won't somebody please think of the children?!” This line from The Simpsons could have been the catchphrase of Senator Mark Pryor’s 2008 Senate career. That was the year of a media frenzy over unsafe children’s products, something that resulted in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The American people are now saddled with a law that has caused … [Read more...]

Does Senator Pryor Care More About My Children Than I Do?

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Senator Mark Pryor probably thinks I’m a bad parent. I just spent ten days exposing my children to products that he considers unsafe. In fact, he championed a law making it virtually illegal to sell the very things I let my kids play with. How could I be so irresponsible? Don’t I care about my children’s safety? Of course I want to protect my kids from harm. I would never … [Read more...]

Dirty Cops, Wrongful Imprisonment, and Blessings from Government: A Conversation with Senator Hutchinson

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Earlier this week, I interviewed state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson about the Gyronne Buckley case. It was one of the most astonishing conversations I have ever had. As I wrote on Tuesday, Buckley was incarcerated for over eleven years; the state Claims Commission determined that he hadn’t received a fair trial. In particular, the Commission found that Buckley was the victim of a … [Read more...]

Gyronne Buckley, Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned, Is Now Wrongfully Denied Compensation

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Imagine if you were the victim of a crooked cop who withheld evidence in your criminal trial, and imagine that -- because of this -- you were put in prison for more than a decade. And imagine if the Supreme Court ordered your sentence overturned -- more than a decade too late -- because it found you never received a fair trial. Imagine if your own state's top law enforcement … [Read more...]